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Rizieq Shihab's lawyer becomes legislative candidate for Jokowi's ruling party
Detik News – July 17, 2018
There seems to be no end of surprises when it comes to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Now, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab's lawyer, Kapitra Ampera, has become a legislative candidate for the party of the white-snouted bull as the PDI-P is known.

Islamic-based PKS founder becomes legislative candidate for Jokowi's ruling party
Kumparan News – July 17, 2018
The founder of the Islamic-based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS), Yusuf Supendi, has nominated himself as a legislative candidate for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Supendi is a former PKS leader who served as a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) in 2004-2009.

Democrat Party politician debunks Prabowo's 'flood of Chinese workers' lie
Viva – July 8, 2018
Democrat Party politician Dede Yusuf has exposed the lie behind claims that a wave of Chinese workers is being employed by PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (PT IMIP) in Morowali, South Sulawesi.

Retired Kopassus officers declare support for Prabowo's presidential bid
Kompas.com – July 7, 2018
Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairperson Prabowo Subianto attended a friendly gathering and reunion of retired Red Beret (Kopassus Special Forces) officers at the Ciracas Sports Centre in Jakarta on Saturday July 7.

Students abused, furniture vandalised in raid on Papuan dormitory in Surabaya
Suara.com – July 7, 2018
The situation remains tense at the Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan Surabaya in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya after it was raided by security personnel.

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LBH Jakarta invites relatives to challenge police's shoot-on-sight policy
Jakarta Post – July 19, 2018
The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) encouraged the relatives of criminal suspects that had been shot by police to challenge the latter's shoot-on-sight policy, which had resulted in the deaths of 11 suspects and severely injured 41 others.

Traumatised Papuan villagers flee Indonesian military in Nduga
Asia Pacific Report – July 18, 2018
Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian military forces and pro-independence fighters.

Liberation Movement opening new offices in West Papua
Radio New Zealand International – July 18, 2018
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua will soon have seven new offices in West Papua, its chairman says. Benny Wenda said three offices had already opened in the region and four more would follow shortly.

Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue
Radio New Zealand International – July 18, 2018
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movement's secretary says. Indonesia's government of Joko Widodo has recently made overtures to West Papuan customary and civil society leaders for dialogue over a range of issues in Papua region.

Jokowi asks Babinsa to increase territorial capability
Tempo – July 17, 2018
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi asked the Indonesian Military's (TNI) village supervisory non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) to improve territorial capability. "Your territorial capability must be improved," said Jokowi when giving direct instruction to thousands of Babinsa in Dirgantara Indonesia complex, Bandung, Tuesday, July 17.

Nearly 50 arrested in Jakarta under new laws that criminalize terrorist sympathizers
Coconuts Jakarta – July 17, 2018
Since the horrific suicide bomb attacks that took place in Surabaya in May, Indonesia's anti-terrorist police have been tracking down anybody with connections to the extremist network believed to be behind the attacks, already using recently passed anti-terrorism laws to arrest not only those directly involved in the attacks but even those who have shown sympathy for their cause.

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Indonesia: Pre-Asian Games police killing spree
Human Rights Watch News Release – July 18, 2018
Indonesia's government should promptly and impartially investigate a surge of killings of criminal suspects by the Jakarta police, Human Rights Watch said today. Jakarta police data indicates that police killed 11 suspects and wounded 41 others from July 3 to July 12, 2018, for "resisting arrest" as part of an anti-crime campaign linked to the city's preparations to host the 2018 Asian Games next month.

AWPA urges Julie Bishop to raise human rights situation with Jakarta
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – July 18, 2018
AWPA has written to the Australian Foreign Minister concerning recent worrying events in West Papua.

Indonesia: Law enforcement in Papua must respect fair trial and due process principles
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – July 16, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns the unlawful arrest and detention committed by police officers of the Timika Police Office between 9 and 10 June 2018. Five indigenous Papuans were arrested without any arrest warrant.

20th anniversary of the 'Biak Massacre', West Papua
Joint Statement of Solidarity – July 6, 2018
Today on July 6, 2018, we stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the torture, rape, killing and disappearances of many children, women and men who gathered near a water tower by Biak Port in West Papua for a peaceful protest against the Indonesian Government.

20 years after Biak Massacre, no improvement in human rights situation in West Papua
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – July 3, 2018
A new Amnesty International report released on Monday, "Don't bother, just let him die': Killing with impunity in Papua", documents the unlawful killing of at least 95 people in West Papua in the last eight years. Many of those targeted were peaceful activists.

Amnesty investigation of police abuses confirms the need for New Zealand action
West Papua Action Auckland Media Release – July 2, 2018
The Amnesty report 'Dont' Bother, just let him die: Killing with impunity in Papua' is yet another grave indictment of the Indonesian Government and its repressive rule over West Papua. Amnesty documents 69 cases of suspected unlawful killings by security forces – police and military – between January 2010 and February 2018, with 95 victims.

Indonesia: Anti-LGBT crackdown fuels health crisis
Human Rights Watch News Release – July 1, 2018
Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government's failure to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach efforts to vulnerable populations.

Statements, press releases, solidarity and urgent appeals are archived under their country specific page/section, which can be selected from the drop-down menu on the left.

News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: How corrupt elections fuel the sell-off of Indonesia's natural resources
Mongabay – June 7, 2018
In June this year, elections will take place in 171 districts, provinces and municipalities across Indonesia. On paper, millions of citizens in the world's third-largest democracy will be afforded the right to select leaders with extensive powers over their everyday lives.

Indonesia: Democracy in Indonesia: A progress report
The Foreign Service Journal – May 1, 2018
With a population of more than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia appears destined to be one of the major international players of the 21st century.

Indonesia: Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
The Star Online – April 8, 2018
Ernawati made great sacrifices for the well-being of her family. She was married at 14 to a man six years her senior and became the breadwinner two years later, when she first travelled to Saudi Arabia, to work as a domestic helper.

Indonesia: The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
Indonesia at Melbourne – March 20, 2018
On 1 March, the Indonesian National Police announced the arrest of 14 members of the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) network for defamation, spreading hoax news and hate speech. Although the name might be familiar to most social media and internet users in Indonesia, it remains a nebulous and poorly understood network.

Indonesia: Indonesia's minority report
New Mandala – February 14, 2018
Late last month, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued its 2017 Democracy Index report. In what was a grim year worldwide for five broad categories of democratic indicators – electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture, and civil liberties – the worst performing country was Indonesia.

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Rape survivors often have to bear it alone
Jakarta Post – July 17, 2018
Reports of a 16-year-old girl who reportedly died of "depression" in Bogor, West Java, after allegedly being raped by eight men have highlighted the fact that in Indonesia, rape victims often have to bear the consequences alone despite the existing regulations aimed at helping them.

East Timor's Pride parade goes back to the roots of what Pride is all about
Gay Star News – July 16, 2018
As Pride celebrations continue around the world, the upcoming parade in the tiny nation of East Timor is a welcome reminder of why Pride exists at all. East Timor is one of the world's youngest nations. It has been on a path of self-discovery after gaining independence from Indonesia in 1999.

Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga
Radio New Zealand International – July 16, 2018
Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian military forces and pro-independence fighters.

FPI leaders turned back by Dayak youth in N. Kalimantan, cancel plans to open regional chapter
Coconuts Jakarta – July 16, 2018
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) has developed from a small band of Islamist vigilantes suspected of running extortion rackets into a significant political force in Indonesia as the country increasingly embraces religious fundamentalism.

Government oversells PT Freeport Indonesia agreement
Jakarta Post – July 16, 2018
The agreement made on Thursday between PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) and United States mining company Freeport-McMoran Inc. (FCX) was largely welcomed by the government, which claimed that the future of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) was now clearer.

The country with no left
Jacobin Magazine – July 15, 2018
On June 27, Indonesians flocked to polling stations across the country to vote in local elections. On the ballot were mayors, district heads, and governors in 171 of Indonesia's more than 500 electorates.

Australia's greedy theft from Timor-Leste was a disgrace
Canberra Times – July 15, 2018
Australia's greedy and probably illegal theft, through espionage, in 2004 of fledgling, struggling neighbour Timor-Leste's government's deliberations on a dispute between the two nations over ownership of oil and gas reserves was a disgrace.

Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga
Jakarta Post – July 15, 2018
Human rights activists have urged the National Police and the Indonesian Military to withdraw their joint operation from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, after a shootout between security personnel and unknown armed assailants.

The Thai state cares little about ordinary people
Ugly Truth Thailand – July 15, 2018
Now that we have heard the good news about the successful recue of the young football team from the cave, we are in a position to draw some serious lessons from this event and also from the tragedy of the sinking of a tourist boat off the southern island of Puket, where a number of people drowned.

Each day narcotics kill 30 Indonesians: Minister
Jakarta Globe – July 14, 2018
Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Thursday (12/07) drew attention to the daily loss of dozens of lives to drug addiction in Indonesia, and said the country's "narcotics emergency" may be taken advantage of in case of proxy wars.

Army general linked to Jokowi's inner circle appointed new Pangkostrad
Jakarta Post – July 14, 2018
Former Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) commander Lt. Gen. Andika Perkasa has been appointed the new Army Strategic Reserves commander (Pangkostrad), a move that may strengthen the Presidential Palace's influence on the military ahead of the 2019 elections.

Gay men, adulterers publicly flogged in Aceh, Indonesia
CNN – July 14, 2018
As many as 15 people, including five women, were punished with public caning Friday for violating Sharia law in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.

Papuans ask police to withdraw from Nduga
Jakarta Post – July 13, 2018
A number of prominent people in Nduga, Papua, has ask the Papua Police to withdraw the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, following a shootout between the police and unknown armed assailants.

Indonesia's Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex
Agence France Presse – July 13, 2018
A gay couple was publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Friday, despite an earlier pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international criticism.

Papuan leaders protest Indonesian attack on village
Associated Press – July 13, 2018
Papuan leaders have protested an Indonesian military and police operation against separatists they say endangered the lives of villagers in the remote easternmost province.

Freeport unveils Indonesia price but plenty left to resolve
Bloomberg – July 12, 2018
In what has become a pattern of two steps forward and one back, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. hailed a framework agreement that has been reached over its flagship copper-and-gold mine in Indonesia – while acknowledging it's far from definitive.

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